Rhasidat Adeleke broke the Irish 400m indoor record while running for the University of Texas at the New Mexico Collegiate Classic in Albuquerque on Saturday.
The 20-year-old ran 50.45, taking more than a second off the 51.58 that Karen Shinkins ran in 2002. The time is also quicker than her own national outdoor 400m record by 0.08 and is the fastest time in the world so far this year.
The run also puts her at number three all-time in the NCAA for the 400m indoors behind Kendall Ellis and Sydney McLaughlin. Adeleke was audibly and visibly delighted with the performance.
.@rhasidatadeleke takes down @courtneyokolo's 400m record with the No. 1 time in the NCAA and the Ireland National record with her time of 50.45 🔥🤘 pic.twitter.com/i3s5nDOT3z
— Texas T&F/XC (@TexasTFXC) February 4, 2023
Rhasidat Adeleke 🇮🇪 (@TexasTFXC ) clocks 50.45s to takes the victory in women’s 400m at the UNM Collegiate Classic
▪️NCAA 3rd of all times
▪️World Leader 🌎
▪️National Record 🇮🇪
What a race !!!!
— Victor K Almeida 📰 (@AlmeidaVictorK) February 4, 2023
She has been in fine form this indoor season. Just two weeks ago, she lowered her own Irish 200m indoor record by three-tenths of a second when she ran 20.52.
The Tallaght sprinter now holds the Irish records for both 200m and 400m indoors and outdoors, and also the 60m.